View of Ōwani Onsen
Location of Ōwani in Aomori Prefecture
|• Total||163.43 km2 (63.10 sq mi)|
|Population (September 2015)|
|• Density||59.6/km2 (154/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Bird||Japanese bush warbler|
|Address||Hagurodate 5-3, Ōwani-machi, Minamitsugaru-gun, Aomori-ken 038-0292|
Ōwani (大鰐町? Ōwani-machi) is a town located in Minamitsugaru District of south-central Aomori Prefecture in the Tōhoku region of northern Japan. As of September 2015, the town had an estimated population of 9,746 and a population density of 59.6 persons per km². Its total area was 163.41 square kilometres (63.09 sq mi).
Ōwani occupies the hilly southern border between central Aomori Prefecture and northern Akita Prefecture. The town has a cold maritime climate characterized by cool short summers and long cold winters with heavy snowfall.
During the Edo period, the area around Ōwani was controlled by the Tsugaru clan of Hirosaki Domain. After the Meiji Restoration, it became a village within Minamitsugaru District of Aomori Prefecture. On April 1, 1923, Ōwani was proclaimed as a town. On July 1, 1954, it annexed neighboring Kuradate Town, but lost a portion of its territory to Hirosaki City on September 30, 1964.
The economy of Ōwani is heavily dependent on agriculture, horticulture and forestry. Tourism from ski resorts and onsen hot springs also contribute to the local economy. Mount Ajara was a venue for the 2003 Asian Winter Games).
Ōwani has one elementary school and one middle school. The town's only high school, a branch of Hirosaki Minami High School, closed in 2013.
- East Japan Railway Company -Ōu Main Line
- Kōnan Railway Company -Kōnan Railway Ōwani Line
Noted people from Ōwani
- Wakanohana Kanji II – sumo wrestler
- "About Novi." Novi Public Library. February 11, 2010. Retrieved on November 28, 2012.
Media related to Ōwani, Aomori at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (in Japanese)